Japanese electronics maker Canon has added its first 4K capable professional camcorders to its existing XA Series of cameras. The newly launched cameras – XA50/ XA55, XA40/ XA45 – are compact and light in build and they come equipped with features for enhanced mobility. With the new cameras, users can record 4K videos while moving.
The camcorders by Canon are able to record 4K videos in 25/30p. Canon XA50/ XA55 comes equipped with 1.0 type CMOS sensor which lets it record high quality footage while the XA40/ XA45 comes equipped with a 1/2.3 type CMOS sensor.
Speaking about the launch of the two cameras, Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, said, “With our vision of elevating the imaging culture in the country and keeping innovation and quality in focus, we are happy to introduce the four new XA series for enabling video content creators to strengthen innovations in the Indian market. We have designed this series of camcorders for professional use, keeping in mind the high degree of mobility required for on-location videography in fields such as weddings, broadcasting, webcasting, reporting, short films, documentary and event shooting. With this launch, we aim to widen the connect with both budding and professional videographers across the country.”
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Canon XA50/ XA55 and XA40/ XA45 price and availability
Although Canon has not revealed the price of the camcorders yet, but it has announced that the newly launched camcorders will be available for purchase in the first half of 2019. Canon XA45/XA40 camera will be available for purchase starting April 2019, and on the other hand, the XA55/XA50 can be picked up in June 2019.
Canon XA50/ XA55 specifications
As mentioned above, Canon XA50/XA55 comes with 1.0 type CMOS sensor which produces high quality images and footage. Canon has put in the XA series for the first time ever and it produces the imaging performance required to support the professional users.
The Canon XA50/XA55 also comes with a DIGIC DV 6 image processor along with 4K-compatible 15x optical zoom lens which optimizes the 4K 25/30p images/videos captured across the entire zoom range – starting from 25.5mm at the wide-angle end to 382.5mm at the telephoto end. The Canon XA50/ XA55 also has the Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology which makes the camcorders deliver high performance autofocus and subject tracking during the shooting.
The Canon XA50/XA55 comes with touch panel which lets the users control the workings and settings of the newly launched devices. The touch panel delivers high precision and accurate focusing.
Canon XA40/ XA45 specifications
On the other hand, the Canon XA40 and the XA45 comes with a 1/2.3 type CMOS sensor along with a 20x optical zoom lens and a DIGIC DV 6 image processor. The Canon XA40/XA45 has a lightweight built and it measures at 131mm (W) x 180mm (H) x 231mm (D) and carries a weight of 1.13kg.
The Canon XA40/XA45 is also capable of 4K video recording at 25/30p and it comes with a large zoom range – 29.3mm at the wide-angle end to 601mm at the telephoto end. Both the Canon XA40/A45 comes with HD Processing function which utilizes data acquired by the 4K imaging sensor to record full HD video.
It is also worth pointing out that Canon’s XA55 and XA45 comes with 3G SDI terminal port which the XA50 and XA40 lack.
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